Jun 282012

St. Martin’s Men’s Group is hosting a birthday with Episcopal City Mission for youth in detention on Friday, July 6.

We’re looking for more volunteers who would like to be a part of this important effort. We’ll be serving cake, handing out presents and helping with games. If you would like to help or would like more information, please contact Rich Eidson.

St. Martin’s helps support Episcopal City Mission through many different outreach efforts. This unique ministry provides chaplaincy services to kids in detention centers in the St. Louis area. Learn more about ECM.

Jun 042012

St. Martin’s Episcopal Church encourages everyone to participate in our United Thank Offering collections. Our spring ingathering will be Sunday, June 10.

United Thank Offering (UTO) is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Through United Thank Offering men, women and children nurture the habit of giving daily thanks to God.

Pick up a blue box in Park Hall, consider your blessings and begin dropping in your spare change each day to express your gratitude. (This is a great activity to share with your children!) Or, if you prefer, you can make a single donation by placing a check in a UTO envelope (also available in Park Hall). Bring your box or envelope to church on June 10 for a special blessing at the altar.

Those who participate in UTO discover that thankfulness leads to generosity. UTO monies support mission and ministry throughout the Episcopal Church and in invited Provinces of the Anglican Communion in the developing world. Click here to learn more about UTO.

May 102012

Everyone is invited to join us for an evening of music, games and fun at our Family Barbeque Blues Bash on Friday, June 15 from 6 p.m. till 10 p.m.

The party will be in the church parking lot and will feature music from the Benefit Blues Band.  The menu includes beef brisket, pulled pork, slivered chicken and hot dogs with sides of baked beans, corn on the cob and cookies and brownies for dessert.

Tickets will be available beginning May 20. The price is $18 for adults and $5.50 for kids under 10 (family max of $45). Proceeds from the evening will go to tornado relief efforts throughout the Midwest.

This fun family event is sponsored by St. Martin’s Outreach Committee and the Episcopal Church Women.

Apr 122012

St. Martin’s is kicking off our 11th consecutive year of working with Circle of Concern to offer college scholarships to well-deserving local high school seniors.

Last year’s scholarship was awarded to Chelsea Johnson, seen in the picture with Fr. Jon and outreach chairman Dana Griggs. Chelsea is currently a nursing major at Missouri State University in Springfield.

This year, we are funding two $2,000 scholarships as we try to expand our service to the community. Students from the Valley Park, Rockwood and Parkway School Districts are eligible. Candidates are currently being screened and the winners will be announced soon.

Please consider making a donation to this program. Specially coded donation envelopes are available at the church. You can make your contribution in two ways:

1. Write a check to St. Martin’s Episcopal Church with “STM Scholarship” in the memo line and drop your donation in our offering plate during our Sunday worship services.

2. Write a check to Circle of Concern with “STM Scholarship” in the memo line and mail your check directly to:

Circle of Concern
P.O. Box 444
Valley Park, MO 63088-0444

Scholarship committee member Jean Campbell will be our special guest Sunday, April 15 at both worship services and will speak at our 9 a.m. adult forum. We hope you will come and learn more about the program and prayerfully consider supporting this scholarship fund.

Learn more about Circle of Concern.

Mar 132012

Enjoy a fun night of games and support upcoming mission trips at St. Martin’s Trivia Night Friday, April 13.

St. Martin’s Youth Ministries is sponsoring this year’s event, which includes 10 rounds of trivia questions, a 50-50 raffle, a silent auction plus lots of fun side games.

Decorate your table with a “holiday” theme to add to the fun. The best decorations will win a special prize.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The games begin at 7. Because this is a youth-sponsored event, alcohol will not be allowed. But don’t worry — we’re planning lots of special surprises to keep the evening fun!

Tickets are $20 per person or $160 for a table of 8 (includes soda and light snacks). Proceeds from this event will go to tornado relief work in Joplin and to our companion diocese of Lui in South Sudan, Africa.

You can purchase tickets on Sunday mornings at St. Martin’s. Or if you’d like to reserve a space or a table, please fill out the reply form below. Include your name and how many spaces or tables you would like to reserve (8 seats per table). Be sure to include your e-mail and/or phone number so we can confirm the reservation and collect the payment.

Put on your thinking caps, be a part of the fun and help us raise money for two great causes.  See you at Trivia Night!

For more information or if you would like to sponsor or donate to our event, please contact  Heidi Gioia, Director of Youth Ministries.

Food Pantry Sunday

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Feb 092012

The second Sunday of every month is Food Pantry Sunday at St. Martin’s. We encourage everyone to share their gifts by bringing in non-perishable foods and toiletries. Your donations will go to Circle of Concern, a non-profit agency in Valley Park.

Circle Of Concern feeds the hungry and provides long-term and emergency assistance to low-income families living in western St. Louis County. The agency creates opportunities for needy families to re-establish themselves as productive members in our community.

Each month Circle feeds more 1,800 individuals and provides financial assistance to families on a case-by-case basis.

Circle Of Concern assists families who live in the Parkway, Rockwood & Valley Park School Districts who have a certain gross monthly income based on the size of the family. If you need assistance, please call 636.861.2623 to see if you qualify.

Those outside our service area or slightly over the income guidelines may come in for a one-time emergency food supply.

Please be generous and help those in need in our community. Although the second Sunday of the month is our designated donation day, donations can be dropped off at St. Martin’s any time.